Thousands of people are expected to attend the Jalsa Salana Western Canada conference in Calgary at the Genesis Center this weekend.
The two-day event which took place on Saturday and resumes on Sunday returns to the city after a pandemic break.
“Words cannot express how important this event is and today as I was walking around many people came up to me and said they were so thrilled that we could get together again” , said Malik Agyemang, one of the organizers.
“This is the time when we talk about spirituality, but we also talk about interrelationships, we renew our friendships, we make new friends and for two years during COVID, we couldn’t have that interaction.”
The conference is a time when Muslims can come together to pray together and remember their religious obligations and their obligations to their fellow human beings, according to the president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at in Canada.
“We should love every (person) and have no hatred against anyone, this message is important especially due to the rift that is happening in society these days and we hope this conference will further this cause” , said Lal Khan Malik. .
The conference also focuses on building relationships with Indigenous communities. The event will include a special Indigenous prayer, highlighting the community’s commitment to interfaith harmony and reconciliation.
“We owe them (to show) that we are here at peace and we should know them and we have organized various events with them and we invite them to our community,” Malik said.
We know their problems, their backgrounds, their history and we offer them our services and they know us and that brings communities together.
The event used to move between cities in western Canada, but organizers chose Calgary as the permanent host since it was a central location.
The event resumed at 11:30 a.m. Sunday and will end around 2 p.m.